AINalerts » June 7, 2012
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a Senate panel yesterday that the Obama Administration has “not taken a position” on anti-ETS legislation working its way through Congress, but is actively studying the possibility of filing an Article 84 complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization. Describing the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) as “precedent setting,” the former Republican congressman declared, “This is not the way to treat your friends.”
Today’s NBAA business aviation regional forum brought 35 aircraft, 130 indoor exhibitors and more than 2,000 attendees to the First Aviation FBO at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, with the attendance making it the association’s largest regional forum to date.
NBAA announced the rebranding of its GA Desk today, calling it Air Traffic Services (ATS). “The name change is designed to place greater emphasis on the services that NBAA ATS provides in helping member-company aircraft avoid delays caused by air traffic issues,” the association said. In conjunction with the rebranding, NBAA has launched a new Twitter feed managed by its ATS specialists that will communicate airspace alerts, news and links with the broader business aviation community.
The UVair FBO Network, an alliance between Epic Aviation and UVair Fuel Program, announced its first five member FBOs this week: Edwards Jet Center in Billings, Mont.; Stevens Aviation in Greer, S.C.; Ambassador Aviation in Dallas; Bizjet International in Tulsa, Okla.; and Million Air Vancouver. The network is composed of “first-class” independent FBOs at U.S. and Canadian airports. To mark this debut, UVair FBO Network facilities will be offering double UVair or Epic Card Bravo reward points per gallon on qualifying transactions from July 1 through September 30.
Bell Helicopter signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week to open an authorized flight training school in China. The Fort Worth, Texas-based helicopter manufacturer will partner with Guanchen Aviation, which already manages an established Civil Aviation Administration of China-approved flight training school in Anyang, China.
The board of directors at General Dynamics, parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, announced yesterday that chairman and CEO Jay Johnson will retire effective December 31. Johnson, the former Navy fighter pilot who’s been heading General Dynamics since 2003, is to be succeeded by Phebe Novakovic. Last month, Novakovic was named president and COO of General Dynamics. Previously she served as executive vice president of the company’s marine systems group and senior vice president for planning and development.
Avionics pioneer Edward King, Jr., 90, died Sunday at his home near Eugene, Ore. After graduating from college in 1943, King took a job on the East Coast with RCA, designing aircraft radio equipment for the U.S. Navy. He later returned to the Midwest, and in 1948 he borrowed $10,000 from his in-laws and founded his first company, Communications Accessories Corp. (CAC), which in 1956 was purchased by Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins).
Cleveland, Ohio-based Flight Options received its sixth consecutive Argus Platinum safety rating. The rating is the result of independent evaluations and a multi-day on-site audit that assesses candidates against industry best practices. Flight Options became the first fractional provider to receive the Platinum rating in 2002, and this year it is one of only two fractional providers to receive the rating. Out of the 2,159 Part 135 operators in the U.S., less than 5 percent currently hold the Argus Platinum rating.
ATP Jet Center at Daytona Beach International Airport is the latest Signature Select affiliate FBO, Signature Flight Support announced today. Signature Select comprises independent FBOs that adhere to Signature’s systems, service and safety standards, as well as training, sales and marketing processes. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge, the FBO chain said. Participating FBOs also offer the Signature Status and Signature TailWins customer loyalty and rewards programs.